Council is absolutely delighted at the announcement of $2.2 million towards the expansion of Parkes Library by the NSW Government. Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Rick Colless visited Parkes to deliver the grant, which comprises of $2 million under the Regional Cultural Fund and $200,000 under the Public Infrastructure Fund. The funding will go towards delivering new dynamic art and cultural spaces to service the entire Parkes Shire.
Congratulations to our General Manager, Kent Boyd who has been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list with a Public Service Medal. The Public Service Medal acknowledges outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government.
The medal is recognition of Kent’s dedication to our community over the last 40 years, contributing his expertise in engineering, project management and his personal leadership as general manager.
Residents may have noticed the major works currently being carried out along Station Street, which will mitigate the salinity issues affecting Cheney Park. The $550,000 project involves installing subsoil drains under the road and across the oval to direct water into a central pit. Once complete, crews will then reconstruct the road surface.
Residents are being reminded that the collection of firewood from all roadsides across the Parkes Shire is prohibited. If residents are unsure if their planned roadside activities are prohibited, they are advised to check with Council by calling 6861 2343. Council will be issuing the 2018/19 annual rate notices slightly earlier than usual this year, giving residents more time to make payment. The notice, usually posted at the end of July each year, will be posted on 9th
July. Payments can now be made online via the My Parkes Portal.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend,
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire